Friday, April 28, 2017
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Christchurch & Canterbury

New chef to showcase local produce at Crowne Plaza

The new Crowne Plaza Christchurch is promising to showcase the best fresh local produce the city and region have to offer in its brand-new café, bar and restaurant.

New marketing manager for Brook Serene hotels

Georgina Torrington has been appointed Marketing Manager for the Brook Serene collection of boutique hotels, based at The George in Christchurch.

China Southern boosts Tekapo tourism

China Southern Airlines has become an official partner of Mt John Observatory in a deal believed to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

New RTO Aoraki Tourism launches

Timaru District Council is aiming to put the district back firmly on the tourism map with the launch of Aoraki Tourism, the tourism development body for the district.

Methven hot pools gets council go ahead

The long-running proposal to bring hot pools to Methven has received resource consent from council.

NZ tech company behind latest New York ferry service

Christchurch technology company Connexionz has won the contract to support New York City’s latest ferry operation.

Crowne Plaza Christchurch launches event and conference spaces

The new Crowne Plaza Christchurch is setting itself up for business success with the launch of four modern and versatile event and conferencing spaces.

Hurunui overhauls tourism strategy

Hurunui is shifting its focus from destination marketing to destination management as it looks to grow its share of New Zealand’s tourism sector.

An Operator’s View: Christchurch Airport’s Justin Watson

Christchurch International Airport's chief commercial officer - aeronautical, Justin Watson, shares his views on the airport's performance and its $180m development programme.

Singapore launches additional services to Christchurch

Singapore Airlines will again provide supplementary services to and from Christchurch for 2017/18 summer.

Top of the South cluster releases new trade resource

The Top of the South regional tourism cluster has released a new 2017 itinerary brochure, following route changes north of Kaikoura.

Real Journeys’ Richard Lauder on $20m Walter Peak investment and beyond

Real Journeys is embarking on an extensive development programme which will see it pump millions into its major attractions.

PCMA: What NZ can do to win business events and visitors

The Professional Convention Management Association’s director of global development, Michelle Crowley, tells us what makes NZ attractive to the global conference market.

On the Road with Tourism Ticker: Christchurch

In the fourth and final instalment of this On the Road series, the Ticker's Bridget O'Connell is in Christchurch and hears the concerns of operators affected by the Port Hills blaze.

Christchurch’s ‘pockets of awesome’ now online

Christchurch’s pockets of awesome - the city’s trending places to meet, eat, drink, and experience - are now featured in a new online resource at pocketsofawesome.co.nz

Luxury retreat opens in Canterbury high country

Canterbury, New Zealand has gained a new luxury alpine retreat with the opening of Montrose Estate on the Rakaia river at the foot of the Southern Alps.

Record passengers lift Christchurch Airport interim profit over $18m

Christchurch Airport reported a record 3.24m passengers passed through its gates in the six months to 31 December 2016 driving interim net profit to $18.3m. Total passenger movements grew by 4.4%, or 135,392, compared to...

InterCity launches coast-to-coast bus service

New Zealand’s largest long distance transport provider InterCity will operate bus services between Christchurch and Greymouth while the TranzAlpine scenic railway is out of action.

Airbnb: Which councils are following Queenstown’s lead?

The issue of whether residential ratepayers who rent out their homes for profit should pay rates in line with their commercial counterparts is not a new one.

Nth Canterbury spending plunges following quake

Tourist spending in North Canterbury dropped by over a quarter following the Kaikoura earthquake last year. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake on November 14 led to a drop in spending in December by 28% to $27m...

New Zealand’s first Smart Shuttle unveiled in Christchurch airport

The future arrived at Christchurch Airport this morning, with the introduction of the fully autonomous Smart Shuttle.

TranzAlpine services to West Coast resume

KiwiRail has cleared the slips on the Midland Line and will begin running services, including the internationally acclaimed TranzAlpine train.

KiwiRail launches truncated TranzAlpine service

KiwiRail is offering day trips from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass on its popular TranzAlpine service after Wednesday’s weather bomb cut road and rail links.

Starting the recovery: Learnings from a Christchurch operator

Celebrating small steps and staying positive are key to getting through the tough times that follow a disaster, according to Welcome Aboard’s Michael Esposito.
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ROUND UP

April 2017

Lyttelton awaits cruise ship report, lodges reclamation consent Funding options for a Lyttelton cruise ship berth might soon be revealed. Stuff

Christchurch Airport considers multimillion-dollar runway extension Christchurch International Airport (CIAL) is considering a $12 million extension to one of its runways. The Press

March 2017

Singapore Airlines announces additional flights to and from Christchurch Singapore Airlines has announced it will increase its flights to and from Christchurch next summer. Stuff

TranzAlpine reopens after ‘tough year’ for KiwiRail Some of the best scenery in the South Island is back on display as passenger rail services between Christchurch and Greymouth resume. Stuff

Tourism peaks and troughs a challenge for disaster planning On tourism’s busiest day visitor in 2016 visitor numbers almost equalled the population of Christchurch. Stuff

First look at Christchurch Adventure Park damage after devastating fires Last month’s Port Hills fires have left significant damage at Christchurch Adventure Park, a walk-through of the multi-million dollar facility has revealed. 1 News Now

Midland Railway Line to reopen between Greymouth and Christchurch The Midland Railway Line between Christchurch and Greymouth will reopen earlier than expected. The Press

Christchurch cycleway blamed for businesses near closure A Christchurch dairy owner says his livelihood is under threat by a new cycleway. The Press